Dalton police chief’s exit package worth $141K

Dalton police chief’s exit package worth $141K By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — The cost of resolving a dispute with its former police chief cost Dalton $141,339. And 60 cents. The amount represents the time left on Chief Jeffrey E. Coe’s contract, which ran to June 30, 2021, as well as nearly $30,000 in accrued vacation and unused sick time and a flat $10,000 payment for health insurance benefits he won’t receive. The town also agreed not to contest a possible unemployment claim by Coe. A copy of the confidential seven-page agreement was released late Tuesday by the town, in response to a public records request from The Eagle. After spending several months this year on paid

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Dalton Chief Jeffrey E. Coe takes settlement, bows out amid review of conduct

Dalton Chief Jeffrey E. Coe takes settlement, bows out amid review of conduct By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — Dalton’s police chief is out but will pocket what his attorney characterizes as a sizable severance payment, after town officials conceded they did not have grounds to carry through with a disciplinary action. Chief Jeffrey E. Coe and the town’s Select Board reached a “mutual separation agreement” that cut short a hearing into whether Coe violated ethics standards, treated a female officer differently and engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer. Robert W. Bishop Jr., chairman of the Select Board, said the agreement ended Coe’s employment as of June 18. The settlement means there will be no public resolution

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Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments

Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments By: MICHAEL CONNORS | Daily Hampshire Gazette GRANBY — Fire Chief John Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay for the month of June due to accusations of speeding and recklessness while driving town cars, will continue his suspension into July after coming under fire for questionable Facebook comments. Mitchell was placed on unpaid leave after allegations surfaced that the fire chief sped during poor road conditions and misused emergency lights to pass other cars during an April 30 trip to Walpole with three other members of the town’s fire department, according to minutes from a May 27 executive session of the town’s Select Board. There was also one other instance

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Civil Service Commission Orders Reinstatement Of Chicopee Police Officer

In a February 13, 2020 decision from the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini obtained a favorable decision in which a terminated Chicopee police officer will be returned to work. Fired over sharing photos of murder victim Amanda Plasse, Chicopee police officer wins back job By: Jeanette DeForge | Mass Live CHICOPEE — A former police sergeant who lied about his role in sharing photographs of a murder victim will return to the department at a lower rank after winning an appeal of his termination. The state Civil Service Commission voted on Thursday to allow Jeffrey Godere to return to the department effective Nov. 2, 2018, the date he was fired by then-Mayor Richard J. Kos. The commission

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Arbitrator Reverses Suspension of New Bedford Police Officer

RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini recently secured an arbitrator’s reversal of a three day suspension that was imposed upon a New Bedford police officer based upon an allegation that the officer improperly failed to document the disposal of an arrestee’s property. By way of background, the officer had arrested an individual for various offenses, including the possession of a knife of illegal length. After the arrest, the officer transported the arrestee to the police station for booking. In New Bedford, once an individual has completed the booking procedure, that person is not held at the police station but instead is transported to the Ash Street Jail. Items of personal property belonging to the arrestee accompany the arrestee to the Ash Street

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Federal Judge Finds In Favor Of Members Of Worcester Police Department SWAT Team

The Massachusetts State Police secured a search warrant for an apartment in Worcester; that warrant was based upon information received from a confidential informant that dangerous individuals had been observed in the residence and that firearms also were present in the apartment.  The combination of dangerous individuals with access to firearms made the warrant a high risk endeavor, so the State Police contacted the Worcester Police Department in order to request that the Worcester Police Department SWAT team make entry into the residence so that the search warrant could be executed by the State Police. The plaintiffs lived in the apartment at the time of the warrant execution.  According to them, there were no weapons in the apartment and, while

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Arbitrator Issues Award Concluding That A Danvers Police Sergeant’s Ten Day Suspension Was Unjustified

RJA recently obtained a major victory for one of its clients, a sergeant with the Danvers Police Department. In 2017, the Danvers Police Department received a call that a firearm had been discharged into a residence while no one was home, with the bullet striking the exterior of the building and penetrating into the home. The Town later accused a sergeant involved in the police response that day of having violated a number of different rules of the Department for the way that he handled the response. The Town suspended the sergeant for ten days. RJA appealed the discipline to an arbitrator, who presided over a two day hearing. After lengthy closing briefs were submitted by counsel on both sides,

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Chartrand vs. Duggan: It’s not over quite yet

  Chartrand vs. Duggan: It’s not over quite yet A Sun staff report by The Lowell Sun DON’T EXPECT the feud between Dracut Town Manager Jim Duggan and Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand to simmer down. In fact, look for it to intensify. Last week, the state’s Civil Service Commission rejected the 10-day suspension Duggan imposed on Chartrand, over the latter’s handling of documents in Police Lt. Michael Fleury’s personnel file. Chartrand had been suspended without pay. The commission ruled 3-2 in favor of Chartrand. Andrew Gambaccini, Chartrand’s lawyer, said he and his client are pleased with the ruling. Gambaccini said the commission did not allow his team’s recent motion to reopen the record to uncover “additional evidence” that he

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